Friday, September 28, 2018

Fall Sunflower Card

Hello and Happy Friday!  I’m glad you are here for a visit!  I have a fall-inspired card to share today.

I first used a gold texture paste and put that through a stencil onto orange cardstock.  After that dried, I die cut the panel.  I colored my sunflower image, then carefully fussy cut it out. I popped it up over the stenciling and added Nuvo drops to add texture.

Supplies: Gina K Designs Thankful for You, Painted Autumn stamp sets, Memento and Versafine black inks, Heidi Swapp Gold Texture paste, Recollections stencil, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched rectangles dies, Gina K Tomato Soup cardstock, Nuvo Blizzard glitter drops.

I would love to enter Word Art Wednesday’s Anything Goes Challenge and Cute Card Thursday’s Autumn Challenge

Thanks so much for your visit!  I invite you to leave a comment to let me know you were here, and also consider following my blog.  Have a crafty day!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Stunning Lion Face Masculine Birthday Card

Hello! Thanks for visiting.  This card is not a super typical card for me, but I have been searching for some stamps that are really different and will make cards for different recipients easier to make.  

I first made a loose watercolor background.  I stamped the lion right over it and hand cut it out.  I had this cool paper from a camping patterned paper pack that it happened to coordinate perfectly.  I thought this sentiment circle, from this sentiment set, looked like something that might be stamped onto a box for your safari trip - so that worked out great, too.  

Supplies: I Brake for Stamps Lion Face, Sentiment set, Versafine Black ink, Pink Paislee Outfitters 6x6 paper pad, Recollections grey kraft cardstock  (As always, save 10% on your stamp order at I Brake for Stamps with my code, SAVE10HEIDI)

I’d like to enter this card into Lost Coast Portal To Creativitiy’s Follow the Yellow Brick Road challenge and SimonSaysStamp’s Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes!

Thanks for your visit today!!  I’d love it if you had time to leave a comment or follow my blog!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

One-Sheet Wonder Christmas Cards - Alternate Layouts

Hi everyone! I know I’m like 10 years behind, but I recently became interested in some of the one-sheet wonder layouts.  There are only a few for 6x6 pads, but I found this one that I liked pretty well. If you click the link, there is a download for the cuts of patterned paper.  My one-sheet is the pretty poinsettia paper.

However, I like to use up a lot of patterned paper, and don’t usually create very simple cards, so I added more papers to each, added black mats and altered the layouts for more variety.  There was one layout that I didn’t prefer, so I just made a second card with one of the others.

I added simple accents to the stamped sentiments with markers. 

 (If you are very detail-oriented, you will notice that I must have had scraps leftover.  I did, but my patterned paper was a bit of a larger print, so when I cut those 1x1 inch squares, not all of them worked.)

This is the card I made a duplicate.  The stamping on this one was fun!

For this card, I stamped two poinsettias in red and green, then layered them and added Nuvo glitter drop to the center. 
Supply list: Close to My Heart Mistletoe Wishes, ‘Tis The Season Cardmaking and Just Treats Stamp sets, Versafine black ink, red and green Water-based markers to color in certain parts, Hero Arts Red Royal shadow ink, Gina K green ink, Nuvo glitter drops Blizzard, Gina Marie X stitched circle dies, Spellbinders circle dies

I would love to enter in the September Rudolph Days and CraftyHazelnut’s September Patterned Paper Challenge

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you will consider subscribing to my blog and leaving a comment.  Have a crafty day!

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Camping Themed Thank You card (Purple Onion Designs)

Hello again!  Glad you are here!

I needed to make a thank you card, and it had to be camping-themed.  So I got out some of the Purple Onion stamps I have been collecting and made this scene.  I did use my trusty stampamajig AND masking, but it was pretty straightforward.

I then colored the image with markers, using some stippling to get texture.  I did color the sky, but was unhappy with it (it was my first attempt at a night sky) so I trimmed out the scene and placed it over this background that was in my stash.  (It was made with light blue cardstock, mopping up some excess distress and distress oxide inks from my work surface.) This worked out well!  I just had to paper piece on the moon.

Supplies:  Purple Onion Designs stamps from the A Sweet Summer collection, Memento and Versafine Black inks, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, other items from my stash.

I would love to enter this card into Back to Basics Inky Backgrounds challenge.  

Thanks so much for visiting, and a big double thanks to those of you who comment and subscribe!  

Friday, September 21, 2018

Hot Air Balloon!

Hello! I hope everyone is having a nice weekend.  We should have clear skies for at least a day!  

I have a clean and simple card to share today.  This card was worked up for several challenges, and I like how it turned out.

I first stamped the balloon on white cardstock, colored it, and embossed it with the cloud embossing folder.  I then paper-pieced the balloon. I was concerned it wouldn’t lay flat over the embossing, but it worked just fine!

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Hot Air Balloon, Hero Arts sentiment, Versafine black ink and Versamark ink, White detail embossing powder, Darcie Cloud embossing folder, Gina K Navy cardstock.

I would love to enter this in SimonSayStamp’s Wednesday Challenge - Bling it On, Tuesday Throwdown - Add Some Texture, Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes and SplitCoastStampers Free4All Balloon Challenge.

Thanks so much for your visit!!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

September Flower of the Month Card - Morning Glory

I’ve been excited about the September Flower of the Month for a while now.  It is Morning Glories! I love this flower and didn’t get my seeds planted in time this year so I don’t have any in my garden!  But I do have a card.

In case you are new, this is my self-imposed challenge to use my flower stamps.  Each month has one or two flowers that are traditionally birth flowers for that month.  And you might be surprised that you have many of them in your stash already! (You can see all my flower-of-the-month posts HERE.)

I colored my flowers with alcohol markers and added glitter Nuvo drops to the centers.  I think in this second photo, they may show up.  They are pretty!  I hand cut the panel out to create a bottom and a top, and then glued it down over my sentiment panel.  I really like this color of blue!  It was in a cardstock pack from Hobby Lobby.

I would like to enter this in the Flower Challenge - Anything Goes!

Supplies:  I Brake for Stamps Morning Glories Border, Rising of the Sun text stamp, Memento and Versafine black inks, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Nuvo Drops Blizzard, Hobby Lobby blue cardstock.
(You can always save 10% on your order at I Brake for Stamps by using my code, SAVE10HEIDI)

Thanks for visiting today!  I’ll be back tomorrow!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Heron Silhouette Sunset Card

Hello!  I have a serene Thank You card to share with you today.  It still feels like summer, and even if it were not, I guess we could travel south with the birds to see this little scene!

 I made the background by doing a watercolor wash on watercolor paper.  When the paint is still quite wet, you throw grains of salt on it to get this pretty effect.  It is an old technique, but it never *feels* old to me!

I stamped right over the dried background with the Great Heron Silhouette stamp and framed it with black cardstock.  So pretty!  I added a scripty “thanks” to finish the card.

I would love to enter this into the Back to Basics Inky Backgrounds Challenge. Thanks for hosting!

Thanks for visiting today!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Christmas Snowmen and Using up Scraps

Updated: Thanks to Art Impressions for choosing this card as Top Spot in their Circle Elements Challenge!

Hello everyone!  How have you been lately? I am hoping all of you that were in the path of the hurricane weathered the storm okay.  We just got a little rain from it, no big deal.

I have been busy making a lot of cards, and will be sharing them probably over the next two weeks.  Hopefully I can keep up on this pace of cardmaking - I am enjoying myself!

You might have seen the cute monster card I posted last week.  Well, when I was doing that background, I also started with this Christmas background in the same design.  I added a cute snowman to it, adding white flocking to parts of the image how I like to.

Well, then I happened to see Art Impressions new challenge which is circle elements.  Well, as my little snowman is from their company, I thought why not try a similar card with scraps, but punch circles.  (This is what I really love about card challenges!) This next card is what I came up with.

I was happy to use up so many paper scraps. I knew I was saving them for a reason! LOL!
I’d also like to add this to Pixie’s Crafty Workshop’s Snippets challenge #335.

Supplies:  Art Impressions Christmas Snowman SC0738 stamp and die set, Memento and Versafine Black inks, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, various patterned paper scraps, EK Success 1.25 inch square punch and 1 inch circle punch, Inkadinkado white flocking.

Thank you so much for your visit today, and double thanks if you had time to leave a comment. If there is a link through your comment to your blog, I always like to visit you and see what you are making, too.  Have a great day!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

A Funny Clueless Monster

Hello everyone!  I feel like I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel and that I will have a more regular schedule now - with more time to stamp!  The card I am sharing today, I just love. I colored the image at my papercraft group two weeks ago, I missed last week because we were still painting, and then finished the card at the meeting last night.  So two weeks to finish a card! Lol.

The image was colored with alcohol markers.  I found a simple card layout on Pinterest that I knew would be fun for using up scraps.  I changed it up to work for my tastes and images.  I popped up the main image with foam tape.

Isn’t the saying funny?  Oh my goodness, I want to send this to all my friends.  

Supplies:  I Brake for Stamps Clueless Set, Memento and Versafine Black inks, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Square punch, Elizabeth Crafts and Cuttlebug embossing folders, paper scraps from my stash.  

(Save 10% at I Brake for Stamps with code SAVE10HEIDI)

I would love to enter this project in SimonSaysStamp Wednesday Challenge - Pop it Up , Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge September, and Pixie’s Crafty Workshop Snippets Challenge #334.

Thanks so much for your visit today, and double thanks if you took time to leave a comment. 

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Golden Roses

I have been hanging onto this card to share for a couple months. I LOVE this color combo of eggplant and golden yellow with gold heat embossing.  I feel like it is a great autumn color combo.  It is hard to photograph that eggplant purple though, I think it comes through... anyhow, it is a great alternative to navy or black.

I stamped the June Rose stamp four times onto yellow cardstock.  I heat embossed them with gold embossing powder.  I trimmed the panel down to size to fit over my die cut.  The sentiment and card base are actually a very lovely color of eggplant purple. 

Thanks for stopping by today!  Happy Crafting!

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Golf Theme Card

Hello! Did you have a good holiday weekend?  We decided to start painting our bedroom this weekend, and it really took a lot of time and labor.  Actually, I still need to do the doors.  So not too much cardmaking for me, but I do have a nice, masculine card to share with you today.  

Just for Fun has an upcoming release that includes a bunch of neat golf theme stamps.  As someone who is always looking for good ideas for masculine cards, I really appreciate these!  For those of you who know women who play golf, there is a great female golf silhouette, too.  However, this card was made for my grandpa.

This couldn’t be an easier basic stamping card. I stamped the golf word image in black Versafine, then stamped the silhouette over top with a blue Versafine Clair ink.  I think it is an effective design, though, over the green cardstock.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Art Class

It’s Back to School Season and my card today goes along with Just for Fun’s August Challenge.  I decided to go with at Art Class theme and an encouraging sentiment.  I know that schools start so early a lot of places, but I think this would be a great time to send a card to a college student who might be missing home.

I used a watercolor wash for the background. I recall that when I made it a couple weeks ago, I thought the colors were deeper than I wanted, so I used a paper towel to mop up some of the excess.  This left a blotchy look that I kind of like!  I die cut the background.

I stamped my brushes and then paper pieced them with scraps of patterned papers.  I colored the brush tips with watercolor markers and put Wink of Stella over top.  I finished off the card by adding glitter Nuvo drops.

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber stamps Paint Brushes, Dream Big sentiment, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Koi pan watercolors, Nuvo crystal drops Clear glitter, Spellbinders Fancy Edge Rectangle dies.

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